bergamo, ITALY

49th ESAO and IFAO Congress

29 August - 1 September 2023

University of Bergamo (Sant'Agostino historical
building), P.le Sant'Agostino 2, Bergamo

City of Bergamo Alta


Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to announce the 49th Annual Congress of the European Society for Artificial Organs, which will take place from August 29th to September 1st, 2023, in Bergamo, Italy.

This edition of the Annual Congress will be held in conjunction with International Federation of Artificial Organs.

Traditionally, this congress will be launched with the yESAO meeting on August 28th.

The meeting will be organized on-site by the University of Bergamo, Mario Negri Institute, the Bergamo Hospital and the Politecnico of Milano, and will provide the opportunity for personal interaction, that was missing in the last years. We are looking forward to sharing the progress in the field of Artificial Organs at experimental and clinical level, as well as the medical technology in support of this field.

The scientific program will include topics such as apheresis and adsorption, bioprinting and additive technology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, blood compatibility, artificial kidney and liver, heart support mechanical systems as well as organ-on-chip.

We are pleased to invite you to join ESAO 2023 Congress in Bergamo and are confident that your participation will stimulate the exchange of experience between researchers, engineers, industry and clinicians on an international level and will inspire innovation in the field.

ESAO 2023 will continue to build connections between basic research and clinical applications, between academia and industry, between scientific disciplines, between young and senior scientists and clinicians, and, most important of cooperation between people, that we need to reinforce to continue the mission of scientific research among the international scientific community.

We are committed to make this conference an unforgettable and valuable experience for all participants.

ESAO 2023 Organizing Committee

Bergamo University Cloister
Bergamo from the sky
Bergamo Door


University of Bergamo

  • Andrea Remuzzi
  • Ettore Lanzarone
  • Antonio Ferramosca
  • Chiara Emma Campiglio

Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research

  • Giuseppe Remuzzi
  • Michela Bozzetto
  • Anna Caroli
  • Silvia Nolli

Politecnico di Milano

  • Maria Laura Costantino
  • Francesco De Gaetano
  • Giustina Casagrande
  • Emanuela Jacchetti

Bergamo Hospital

  • Attilio Iacovoni
  • Amedeo Terzi 
  • Luca Lorini
  • Michele Colledan


Aula Magna Bergamo

The University of Bergamo

The University of Bergamo was founded in 1968 in the Upper Town of
Bergamo. The Congress will be organized by the Department of
Management, Information and Production Engineering.

Today there is a population of 26,000 students in the University including a School of Engineering.

Organizing Secretariat


+39 338 9965674


Promoest s.r.l

Barbara Colonnello – CEO

Loris Ciavarella – Event Project Manager


Silver Sponsor


Abstract Submission

Deadline: March 31st, 2023

Notification of acceptance

Date: May 31st, 2023

Early Registration

Deadline: June 15th, 2023


Full Scientific Program

yESAO Program

Program at a Glance

Guidelines for Presentations

Plenary Lecture Speakers

Claudio Cobelli

University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Ellen Roche

MIT, Cambridge, MA, US

Mario Gabrielli Cossellu

European Commission, Brussels, BE

Peter Kotanko

Renal Research Institute, New York, NY, US

Fabrizio Pizzutilo

Biomedica Italia S.r.l., Milan, Italy

Giuseppe Remuzzi

Mario negri Institute, Bergamo, Italy


ESAO 2023 Fee + yESAO - Last FEE


Those who wish to submit their work to the Congress are invited to submit an Abstract, which will then be evaluated by the scientific committee.

Please use the on-line submission method by clicking on the below button “Submit Abstract” and providing all the requested information on the template available on the website.

All accepted papers will be included in the final scientific program and in the book of Abstract. 

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

    • the Abstract Title must not exceed 150 characters and Abstract text is limited to 300 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations);
    • it is not possible to include figures nor mathematical formulas;
    • the Presenting Authors must provide all the required data and, in order to be able to present their work at the Congress if selected, they must register to the Congress and pay the due fees within the early registration deadline (June 15th 2023).
Abstract Submission Closed on April 15th 2023!


ESAO will present several awards during the Congress

ESAO Poster Award

Three Poster Prizes (€500, €300 and €200) will be awarded to the authors of the best posers, selected by a scientific committee.

ESAO PhD Award

To highlight the importance of doctoral work in the area of Artificial Organs, the ESAO Board of Governors has initiated the ESAO PhD Award to increase the visibility of excellent young researchers who recently obtained their PhD in the field of Artificial Organs.

ESAO SAGE Research Award

The ESAO SAGE Research Award 2023 of € 2,500 aims at encouraging young scientists working in the fields of medical sciences, biomedical engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physical chemistry, material and membrane sciences, as well as chemical engineering related to the general field of artificial organs.

IFAO - Transcontinental Travel Grant application

IFAO offers 12 transcontinental travel grants of 1.000,- € to highly motivated young scientists or students under the age of 35, from diverse geographic areas who submitted an abstract to participate in the annual ESAO-IFAO congress in Bergamo (Italy) from August 29 to September 1, 2023. This grant is meant to foster education, scientific activities, and collaborations across different continents. IFAO wants to help to nurture a new generation of scientists and to bring them into our “artificial organs” family. We believe that this positive energy flow raises the horizons of the whole scientific community.
Applications for the 2023 IFAO travel grant for the ESAO-IFAO23 Congress in Bergamo is now open and should include a CV and a list of oral presentation and publications. Applications will be accepted until the 20th of June 2023. A committee will select best applications that also consider accepted abstracts of higher ranking. Please e-mail your application to



A city pending between local traditions and global movements, Bergamo is one of the most enchanting and interesting towns in Lombardy.

Characterized by a Medieval Upper City, surrounded by its ancient wall system and the Modern Lower City, heart of the business activities of the city.


By Airplane

In proximity to Bergamo, less than 5 km from the city center, there's Orio Al Serio Airport (IATA code: BGY), also known as Milan-Bergamo Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport.
Bergamo International Airport is connected to the city by an efficient car service, Line 1, which operates both day and night.
Road travel solution (approximate travel times, frequencies and costs) to Bergamo (Lower City and Upper City): Line 1 (municipal bus, ATB): 20-40 minutes; every 20 minutes; €1,50.

By Train

Two lines serve the city:
1) Lecco-Brescia railway: via Caloziocorte, a line serving the western part of Bergamo Province and the Bergam-Brescia route south of Lake Iseo;
2) Treviglio-Bergamo railway: connecting the city to the Milan-Brescia-Venice rail corridor.

There are two railway stations in Bergamo:
1) Bergamo Station (Bergamo FS): the main station, in the center, in the heart of Città Bassa; served by Line 1 buses (and its branches), operating along the route between Orio al Serio Airport, Città Bassa and Città Alta;
2) Bergamo Ospedale Station: serving the New Hospital of Bergamo, near the Loreto and Villaggio degli Sposi neighborhoods.

Bergamo is not reached by high-speed network lines.

By Car

The city is served by a highway:
A4 Turin-Trieste (Serenissima) Highway: between Turin, Novara, Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Venice, Palmanova, and Trieste.

Not too far away is the A35 (Milan-Brescia) highway.

By Bus

A good number of companies offer bus connections between major Italian cities and Bergamo. Most of the coaches stop at Bergamo Station (FS station).

Frequent day and night bus connections serve relations between Mestre and numerous Italian and foreign cities, even over considerable distances.

Upper Town by Funicolar

The Lower Funicular has been connecting the centre of Bergamo with the Upper Town where the congress will be held.

- Monday to Friday: first run at 7:03 am; last run at 22:30 pm.
- Friday and Saturday: first run at 7:03 am; last run at 12:19 am.
- Sunday and holidays: first run at 7:39 am; last run at 22:33 am.


Following you will find a list of reccomended hotel the Organizing Secretariat has negotiated for the 49th ESAO and IFAO Congress. You can easily book your room during the registration process for participating at the conference; there is a specific section called “Hotel List” where choosing your preference with hotel and type of room. For any specific request you can contact the Organizing Secretariat at the following email address:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to Formula 1 Italian Gran Prix 2023, that will be held in Monza from September the 1st untill the 3rd, the number of available rooms is restricted. It is reccomended to book the room as soon as possible.

  1. Gombit Hotel – price for a single room €160 per night; price for a suites €450 per night.
  2. Relais San Virgilio – price for a suites €450 per night.
  3. Best Western Cappello d’Oro – price for a double single use room €140 per night; price for a double room €160 per night.
  4. NH Bergamo – price for a double single use room €129 per night; price for a double room €149 per night.
  5. Mercure Palazzo Dolci – 


  • ReGo Apartaments – 6 minutes walk away from the conference’s location; flats / apartments with breakfast and reception service.
  • Hotel Piazza Vecchia – 10 minutes walk away from the conference’s location.
  • Palazzo Santo Spirito – 12 minutes walk away from the conference’s location (uphill road).


Opening Ceremony

The Opening cerimony and welcome reception will take place on August 29th 2023 inside the Cloister of the Sant’Agostino historical building, one of the 3 branches of the University of Bergamo. 

Finger food and aperitivo will be served throughout the whole evening.

Chiostro Ex Monastero di Sant'Agostino - Bergamo
Villa Malliana Bergamo - Gala Dinner
Villa Malliana Inside
Villa Malliana from the sky

Social Dinner

The social dinner will take at Villa Malliana on August 31st at Almenno San Bartolomeo.

This is an 18th-century villa, embellished with Murano glass chandeliers and finely restored frescoes, it overlooks a wonderful centuries-old park and the ancient stables of the Malliana counts.

Private buses are organized for all those who registered at the gala dinner. The transfer will depart at 7:30pm from Via Zelasco Giovanni e Rodolfo, 7-3, 24121 Bergamo BG. Return by transfer is scheduled at 11:30pm.

Click here to check the Google Maps location for transfer pick-up point!

City Guided Tour

The City Guided Tour of Bergamo Alta has been organized on August 30th at 6:30pm until 7:30 / 8:00pm. The tour will start from the entrance of the Aula Magna of the conference ( 

A certified tour guide, originally from Bergamo, will guide you through the streets of the medieval town, showing you scenic spots and unusual features.

Tour is organized for all those who registered at this specific service on the platform and for all those who registered as accompanying person.